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Carla

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United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 reviews
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  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (904)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "Entertaining story, Poor narration"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I am generally impressed with audio books from Audible.com - the narrators are well chosen and well-directed, but not this one. Clancy's books have so much material that I usually like getting them as audiobooks as listening to the story makes me slow down and read the entire book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Needs a different narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    He's barely better than a computer generated voice. He doesn't used much inflection, he doesn't do anything to help you cue into which character is speaking and his performance does not advance the story in this book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • State of the Onion: A White House Chef Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julie Hyzy
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Introducing White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras, who is rising-and sleuthing-to the top. Includes recipes for a complete presidential menu! Never let them see you sweat-that's White House Assistant Chef Olivia Paras's motto, which is pretty hard to honor in the most important kitchen in the world. She's hell-bent on earning her dream job, Executive Chef. There's just one thing: Her nemesis is vying for it, too. Well, that and the fact that an elusive assassin wants to see her fry.

    Beatrice says: "okay but not believable"
    "Annoying"
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    What disappointed you about State of the Onion?

    I liked the whole premise of this story (White House Chef), but I am only willing to suspend belief so far. Therefore, I can live with the opening chapter where a petite chef is the only member of the White House staff able to subdue a possible terrorist, besting an entire group of Secret Service. But, after that, I need the story to feel like it could possibly happen. This heroine does one stupid thing after another and the characters introduced to be her nemeses are so one-dimensional that they are unintentionally funny.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some one who writes better


    What does Eileen Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was fair- her voice was acceptable as the voice of the heroine, but other voices were not very distinct.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4144)
    Performance
    (3524)
    Story
    (3507)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "If you like Downton Abbey...."
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    What did you love best about Her Royal Spyness?

    Very fun story in a setting that we Americans seem to love.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think that Ms. Kellgren has just the right voice for this story. Some of the ancillary characters run together a bit, but I couldn't imagine another Lady Georgina.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1248)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "Excellent but a little irritating"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the "literary" quality - the characters are well described, you really get the feel of the village, village life and the attitudes. This story deals with art and Louise Penney is excellent at drawing that out for you (forgive the pun)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    Not crazy about his cadence as the narrator. Fortunately, he does well with the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16959)
    Performance
    (12867)
    Story
    (12804)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Great book both for humor and management insight"
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    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anyone who is a fan of SNL or 30 Rock knows that Tina Fey in entertaining. However, this book provides not only entertainment but a few excellent nuggets of management insight. Tina is everything you imagine her to be - she's not Liz Lemon, but her attitudes and humor are down-to-earth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (23750)
    Performance
    (17722)
    Story
    (17778)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "This book is tough to like as an audiobook"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I don't this book works very well in audio format. There are so many characters andplotlines to follow that it would be much more enjoyable on paper- where you flip ack and forth and annotate more daily. I listen mostly in the car and found myself losing track of who was who.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The time period and the author's attention to detail


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No real negatives


    Did A Game of Thrones inspire you to do anything?

    Bought the video of the TV show, wish I had bought the book instead


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5516)
    Performance
    (4942)
    Story
    (4935)

    Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

    Hallie says: "Even better than A Discovery of Witches"
    "Do I have to wait a whole year for the next one???"
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    Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10- as a Trilogy, although it can waddle in sentimentality sometimes AND I have been known to find Diana somewhat less than believe able, I do love this series


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love some of the new characters- specifically Gallowglass and Henry Pearce. The witch teachers and the children are also welcome additions


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gallowglass in the modern day with his motorcycle


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Best of the vampire/witches/demons genre

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Remedies: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Donna Leon
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Commissario Guido Brunetti's career is under threat when his professional and personal lives unexpectedly intersect. In the chill of the Venetian dawn, a sudden act of vandalism shatters the quiet of the deserted city, and Brunetti is shocked to find that the culprit waiting to be apprehended at the scene is a member of his own family. Meanwhile, he is also under pressure from his superiors to solve a daring robbery with connections to a suspicious accidental death. Could the two crimes be connected? And will Brunetti be able to prove his family's innocence before it's too late?

    Stephanie says: "Great series"
    "I'm in love with Guido"
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    If you could sum up Fatal Remedies in three words, what would they be?

    Well-crafted story


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoy this series and this book was an excellent example - Guido is so well-characterized. You understand his dilemmas and sympathize. Paola is such a firebrand and Guido attempts to remain true to his policeman ethic.


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    David Colacci is perfect as the voice of Guido Brunetti. I've been working my way through the series and he is so much better than Crossley.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Sour: A Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Susie Breck, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (704)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (401)

    Between avoiding the FBI and their moronic profiling computer, joining a dating service, mixing it up with street thugs, and parrying the advances of an uncouth PI, Lieutenant Jacqueline Daniels and her binge-eating partner Herb must catch a frightening maniac who calls himself "The Gingerbread Man" before he kills again...and Jack is next on his murder list.

    Kari says: "Like the book but GRAPHIC details"
    "Not believable, very graphic"
    Overall

    When a book starts out by describing a female police lieutenant wearing an Armani jacket, I know two things, 1) it must have been written by a man 2) the female protagonist is going to be ballsy and, to add a third, I probably won't like it. Give me a break, what woman would wear a $400 plus jacket to a crime scene? I know that VI Washawsky used to ruin beautiful clothes in Paretsky's novels, but at least she was a PI who didn't anticipate the messes. I could only tolerate the first chapter of this book and wish I had never purchased it. The graphic crime scenes are horrific and in far more detail than I enjoy reading. I'm giving this book a pass and will avoid any others by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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